Downtown Winnipeg – In response to the regrettable removal of Joseph Meconse from Portage Place several weeks ago, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ convened a meeting between Indigenous leaders Lisa Meeches (Manito Ahbee Festival), Joseph Meconse, and Damon Johnston (Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg) with David Stone of Portage Place to connect on a variety of goals to better cultivate an environment of inclusion, welcome, cultural sensitivity, and safety.
Media are invited to attend a press conference outlining these short-term and long-term goals, in addition to a pipe ceremony and round dance with members of the Indigenous and business communities – to begin the process of healing:
When: March 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Portage Place (Edmonton Court)
10:00 – 11:00 AM Pipe Ceremony
11:00 – 11:30 AM Presentations
· Representatives of the Aboriginal Community
· David Stone, Portage Place Shopping Centre, General Manager
· Ogichidaa Presentation to Joseph Meconse
11:30 – 12:00 PM Drumming and Round Dance Led by Ray Stevenson
A series of initiatives will be announced by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and its partners, as part of their ongoing strategy to enhance cultural awareness and promote the culture and traditions of our Indigenous community, who are important to the socio-economic fabric of our City.
“This will be the standard of business moving forward at Portage Place,” says David Stone, General Manager of Portage Place. “We are committed to undertaking these goals and actions to ensure a welcoming environment for all.”
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Emily Ormonde, Marketing & Communications Coordinator